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Elizabeth Katz

Associate Professor

Full-Time Faculty
Academic Director


Dr. Elizabeth Katz is a development economist with thirty years of experience conducting research on the intersection of gender and agricultural growth, demographic change, and public health policy and programming.  In her current role as Research Director at the Global Center for Gender Equality, she works closely with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, providing technical assistance to Program Officers and grantees to strengthen the gender intentionality of the foundation’s investment portfolio, including in the areas of immunization, nutrition, and maternal and child health.  She has held academic appointments at Barnard College and St. Mary’s College of California, and has consulted with the World Bank, the International Food Policy Research Institute, Mathematica Policy Research, the Center for Global Development, the Consultative Group for International Agricultural Research (CGIAR), the United Nations Foundation, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). Her research has been published in Food Policy, Journal of Global Health, The Lancet Global Health, The World Bank Economic Review, Journal of Development Effectiveness, Feminist Economics, and World Development.

Research Areas

  • Development economics
  • Gender
  • Agricultural development
  • Economic demography
  • International public health — immunization, nutrition, maternal and child health


  • PhD, University of Wisconsin, Madison

Prior Experience

  • Director of Gender Data and Research, Global Center for Gender Equality
  • Associate Professor, Department of Economics, St. Mary's College of California
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Economics, Barnard College, Columbia University
  • Agricultural Economist, Natural Resource and Rural Poverty Division, Latin America and the Caribbean Region, The World Bank

Selected Publications